The Way We Were

20 Years Ago

1995 – Judy Vaughn’s second-grade class at Washington Elementary School decorated the Christmas tree at the Vandalia Statehouse in preparation of the Statehouse’s Christmas Open House.
Two performances of “Christmas Presents,” a holiday concert sponsored by The Leader-Union, raised monetary donations totaling $1,444 for Fayette County Caring & Sharing.
Robert Young, a defensive end for the St. Louis Rams, visited Hosick Motors in Vandalia to help in the promotion of a special Dodge Rams truck.
Chevrolet presented Arthur Young Inc. with a plaque honoring the Vandalia dealership for its 35-year affiliation with the automaker.

25 Years Ago

1990 – A 16-year-old Vandalia juvenile was charged with calling in a bomb threat to Vandalia Junior High School.
John Pertzborn of Channel 5 in St. Louis interviewed Vandalia firefighter Kenny Lewey for his “Christmas Spirit Awards” special. Lewey saved the life of Sandy, a dog owned by the Jack Metivier family, by giving it mouth-to-mouth after the dog was overcome by smoke during a fire at the Metivier home.
Vandalia wrestlers won the Mt. Pulaski Invitational Tournament. Greg Emerick, John Kaiser and Ray Rees had firsts for the Vandals.
Soroptimist International of Vandalia celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Bob Bowen was named chief deputy of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.
Jean Finley was elected chairman of the Fayette County Board.
A new Fayette County Christian radio station, WJLY-FM, began broadcasting from a site near Ramsey.

30 Years Ago

1985 – A Loogootee man, Earl Schwarm, died after being injured in a farm accident.
Wanda Bierbaum of Vandalia was one of 100 finalists in the 32nd annual Pillsbury Bake-Off.
Forty-nine people filed petitions on the first day for the March 18 primary.
Montgomery Ward & Co. announced it would close its catalog store in Vandalia sometime after the first of the year.
The Fayette County Board of Supervisors voted to buy a computer system for the courthouse.
All 250 Vanopoly games ordered by the Vandalia Jaycees were sold out within two hours of delivery.
The Fayette County Board voted to give a pay raise to elected officials.
Shelli Carter was named Mulberry Grove homecoming queen.

40 Years Ago

1975 – County board voted to levy a FAYCO Enterprises tax.
Santa came down with a cold and was unable to keep his appointment at the Little Red Caboose on Saturday.
All streets in Vandalia were terribly icy, as were most county roads.
Fayette County Cultural and Arts Association planned to give its first Christmas concert Sunday at First Methodist Church.
Chain saws and CB radios valued at more than $5,800 were stolen from Woolsey Brothers Farm Supply.
Vandalia Junior High and High School bands were to have presented their annual holiday concert Sunday afternoon.
Fayette County Hospital scheduled special classes in diabetes diets.
Stuart Lakin and Cindy Wasser were named king and queen at Brownstown High School homecoming Saturday night.

50 Years Ago

1965 – Irregular nighttime lows and erratic daytime highs were the rule for the weather pattern this past week. On Sunday, the low was 40 degrees, while on Tuesday, the low was 16. Monday’s high of 41 degrees was the week’s low daytime reading, while the day before it was 60 degrees.
Parking on Kennedy Boulevard in the Central School area was banned by the police.

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